Does Gettysburg now rival Salem for ghostie tourist traps?

Let’s be clear: Do we really need another ghostie place in Gettysburg, another paranormal paraphernalia shop and ANOTHER “real” ghost encounters show? I doubt it. It’s the same stuff over and over and over…

Spooky Spirits hopes to scare up business at new location – Evening Sun.

“Madam” Aretta Della is a self-described psychic witch and owner of Spooky Spirits, a paranormal gift store and investigation center in Gettysburg. The shop, now located at 777 Baltimore St., Store no. 112, will hold its grand reopening April 26.

The store sells holy water, herbs, white noise recorders called “spirit boxes,” crosses and T-shirts, among other items. It also hosts ghost tours and offers a range of psychic services, including readings, spell-castings and seances.

Madam Della hails from Salem and claims her psychic ability is inherited.

You know what I say to more of this hokey psychic stuff? Pffth.

There are over a dozen ghost tours/shops in Gettysburg as well as several psychic advisors. It’s important to note that this ghosts on the battlefield craze can be traced to relatively recent times as a result of local ghost story books and Ghost Hunter (and clones) TV show. By taking advantage of the creepy atmosphere, violent history, and sense of place in Gettysburg, there are many businesses selling nonsense paranormal kitsch. That’s sad.

  4 comments for “Does Gettysburg now rival Salem for ghostie tourist traps?

  1. Paul Robinson
    March 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Frankly, being one of those nutters who does give some credence to some weird stuff, this damn shop has been over reported & over hyped, & my search bots deserve to be shot at dawn, as it appears in every explexetive deleted category. Have a FB friend who lives in a supposedly haunted house in Gettysburg, & she makes no profit & doesn’t promote the paranormal, & only makes a living from artwork & photography (non para connected). I think the poor residents deserve a break, & less of this connery (oops sorry lapsed into French insults). History tourism is one thing, but the promotion of Gettysburg & environs as a para tourism area getting very annoying. No wonder the dead are probably turning in their unmarked graves!

  2. Kevin
    March 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    I live in Salem and I can assure you that “paranormal” activity and Psychic” readings are not the prevailing distraction in this historic port city. The city does shamelessly profit from the history of witchcraft and the trials. There is, as a consequence, a large Wiccan community but they practice a wholesome believe in a Mother of all Nature with nothing dark or dangerous. Some years ago a woman named Laurie Cabot was proclaimed the official “Witch” of Salem. She had a very interesting shop downtown that attracted people long before the City started to hold it’s annual “Haunted Happening’s” event during the month of October. That event nearly paralyses the City for the month but it really is fun. It’d definitely the place to be on Halloween. So Salem is all about witches and not ghosts or the paranormal. Remember also that by witches we’re not talking the Hollywood wart on the nose witch. The Puritans had some outrageous beliefs that they brought here from Europe where the witch hunts killed thousands.

  3. Paul Robinson
    March 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Again Salem is a great historic city, that yes needs to take the witch trials into consideration with history, but again has far more history to offer despite these brief incidents in the past. It can stand on it’s own as an historical attraction without overplaying the witch trials.

  4. Cheri Z
    April 3, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Kevin – There is actually NO “history of witchcraft” in Salem. Nobody there in Puritan times was EVER a witch! The “celebration” of witchcraft that exists in Salem today would make those innocent victims of religious hysteria roll over in their graves! Laurie Cabot ought to be ashamed for ever exploiting the horrendous and shameful history of Salem. When my Dad was a kid growing up in Salem, nobody talked about the trials because they were ashamed. Salem should have been a center to promote tolerance rather than the ridiculous witch fest it has become.

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